Preventing Overdose

 Preventing Prescription Drug Overdoses

Preventing Prescription Drug Overdoses has been designed to educate your community on the dangers of prescription drug overdoses: accidental or intentional . In this presentation, you will find steps that you can take to prevent overdoses and where to go if You, a Friend or a Loved one Needs Help.

The content was developed for anyone that is at risk of an overdose and their families.

This educational video runs 26 minutes 28 seconds.

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Dos and Donts of Pain Medicines

Opioid Overdose Rescue: 3 STEPS TO SAVE A LIFE by

Overdose is a medical emergency. Signs of overdose include being unresponsive, making gurgling/snore-like sounds, breathing that is very slow, shallow, or the person is not breathing at all. The victim’s face make be pale or ashen, fingernails and lips may be blue and the heartbeat may be slow, erratic or non-existent.  If you have reason to suspect opioid overdose, your quick action can save a life.

You can help lower the tragic death rate from drug overdose by learning the Three Steps to Save a Life, and telling your friends and family members to do the same.

Learning these Three Steps is especially important if:

  • Someone you know is taking opioid pain medications or using illegal opioids
  • Someone you know is recovering from opioid addiction, because if the person relapses, his or her tolerance will be less so the person is at a greater risk of overdose
Step 1 - Call 911

Many states, like Georgia, have Medical Amnesty Laws which can give amnesty from arrest for both the caller and the victim in the case of a medical emergency, so don’t be afraid to call for help.

Step 2 - Give Naloxone

​Many states have made Naloxone available without an individual prescription. Ask for it at your local pharmacy.

Step 3 - Give First Aid

​Rescue breathing and chest compressions can keep oxygenated blood flowing. Good Samaritan laws protect the good faith efforts of those trying to save a life in an emergency. Just do your best.

Georgia Overdose Prevention & The Good Samaritan 911 Fatal Overdose Prevention Law and Naloxone

Georgia Overdose Prevention is a grassroots organization comprised of parents, healthcare professionals, harm reduction advocates and friends of those who have lost loved ones to accidental drug overdose. Our group was formed to create and advocate for the passage of the Georgia 911 Medical Amnesty Law.

Our initial goal was achieved when Governor Nathan Deal signed into law Georgia House Bill 965 on April 24, 2014. This common-sense law, sponsored by Representative Sharon Cooper and Senator Renee Unterman, provides protection for people who call 911 and seek medical assistance for someone experiencing a drug or alcohol-related overdose. The caller and the victim cannot be arrested, charged, or prosecuted for small amounts of drugs, alcohol, or drug paraphernalia if the evidence was obtained as a result of seeking medical assistance.

The law also increases access to the opioid overdose “antidote” naloxone, also called Narcan. Physicians may prescribe naloxone to a family member, friend, or other person in a position to assist someone at risk of opioid overdose, and to first responders, harm reduction organizations, and pain management clinics. Pharmacists are permitted to dispense naloxone under that prescription. The physician, pharmacist, and person administering naloxone are immune from civil, criminal, and professional liability as long as they act in good faith and in compliance with the applicable standard of care. The timely administration of naloxone typically reverses the effects of opiates such as heroin and opioids like hydrocodone, oxycodone, methadone and others. Victims of opioid overdose who receive naloxone in time are less likely to die or suffer long-term brain or tissue damage.

Inspired by the lives that have been saved by the passage of the Medical Amnesty Law, Georgia Overdose Prevention is now focused on education, implementation and development of resources for Georgia's 911 Medical Amnesty Law.

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Good Samaritan 911 Fatal Overdose Prevention Law and Naloxone

Did you know that accidental overdose deaths are the leading cause of accidental death in the United States? Accidental overdose deaths exceed even motor vehicle accidents in people 25 to 64. Many of these deaths would have been preventable if emergency medical assistance were to have been summoned. But people using drugs or alcohol illegally often fear arrest if they call 911, even in cases where they need emergency medical assistance for a friend or family member who may have overdosed. The best way to encourage an overdose witness to seek medical help is to exempt them from arrest and prosecution for minor drug and alcohol law violations, an approach often referred to as Good Samaritan 911 law.

Obituaries narrate lives lost to the opioid epidemic By David Armstrong

Obituaries narrate lives lost to the opioid epidemic

52 weeks, 52 faces

The faces above and the stories below are a snapshot of the devastating opioid epidemic sweeping across the United States. Publicly acknowledging that a family member suffered from an addiction to drugs, or died of an overdose, has long been a taboo subject — one best kept secret among family and a few knowing friends. That is changing.

As the death toll from the opioid crisis mounts, families are increasingly weaving desperate warnings into the obituaries of loved ones about the horror that can result when people abuse painkillers, heroin, and synthetic drugs such as fentanyl.


Fentanyl-related overdoses , prescription and illegal, has more than quadrupled over the last three years in Georgia

Fentanyl Epidemic - What the painkillers took

Somebody help me!

Pat Strickland was about to watch a movie in the den of her Gwinnett County home two years ago, when she heard her 11-year-old grandson screaming upstairs.

She rushed up the ten carpeted steps to her daughter’s bedroom and found her slumped over on the edge of her bed, a needle and syringe between her legs. Pat scrambled to resuscitate the mother of two, filling her lungs with air. But it was too late. Stephanie Futrell’s lips had already turned blue. Pat knew her 33-year-old daughter — once a fun-loving Phoenix High School graduate who aspired to be a journalist — had finally succumbed in her years-long drug addiction.


From 1999 - 2014, the number of middle-aged white women dying annually from opiate overdoses shot up 400 %.

middle-aged white women dying annually from opiate overdoses shot up 400 %

Between 1999 and 2014, the number of middle-aged white women dying annually from opiate overdoses shot up 400 percent, according to a Washington Post analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Anti-anxiety drugs known as benzodiazepines contributed to a growing share of the 54,000 deaths over that period, reaching a third in the last several years, The Post found, though spotty reporting in death records makes it likely that the combination is even more widespread.

Both drugs depress the central nervous system, temporarily easing pain and anxiety while suppressing respiration, heart rate and the gag reflex. Alcohol has the same effect, and combining any of these can be fatal.


Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s (CADCA) Online Rx Abuse Prevention Toolkit

CADCA has done it again! They have produced another great toolkit. Below click a link for one of six pdfs in this toolkit. What a beautiful toolkit to use when attempting to prevent opioid-related overdoses and deaths. This toolkit equips health care providers, communities and local governments with material to develop practices and policies to help prevent opioid-related overdoses and deaths. Addresses issues for health care providers, first responders, treatment providers, and those recovering from opioid overdose.

Document 1: SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Prevention TOOLKIT: Summary Document

Document 2: SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Prevention TOOLKIT: Facts for Community Members

Document 3: SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Prevention TOOLKIT: Five Essential Steps for First Responders

Document 4: SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Prevention TOOLKIT: Information for Prescribers

Document 5: SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Prevention TOOLKIT: Safety Advice for Patients & Family Members

Document 6: SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Prevention TOOLKIT: Recovering From Opioid Overdose – Resources for Overdose Survivors & Family Members

Medical Association of Georgia Foundation (MAGF)

Dr. P. Tennent Slack, M.D., is a pain medicine physician and the chairman of the Statewide Program Committee for the 'Think About It' campaign. Dr. Slack works for the Northeast Georgia’s Physicians Group (NGPG) since 2012. Dr. Tennent Slack has been practicing medicine for over 24 years. A native of Gainesville, Georgia, Dr. Slack's philosophy of care is "to provide patients with excellent medical care, treating them the way I would want to be treated." Below please find Dr. Slack’s “Six point checklist to more discriminating opioid prescribing”.

The “6 Point Checklist to More Discriminating Opioid Prescribing” below is intended for use by physicians and members of their patient-care teams. If you would like to speak with Dr. Slack please email him at

6 Point Checklist to More Discriminating Opioid Prescribing

1. How definable is the source of pain?

2. SCREEN for risk of addiction

3. Consider ALL treatment options

4. If opioids are prescribed:

  • LOWEST effective dose
  • LOWEST number of pills

Be aware of Georgia 9-1-1 Medical Amnesty Law

5. EDUCATE the patient (Sharing opioid medications is ILLEGAL)

6. MONITOR the patient for misuse /diversion

  • Drug screen / pill counts

Dr. Tennant Slack, MD, of Northeast Georgia Physician’s Group

Dr. Tennant Slack, MD, of Northeast Georgia Physician’s Group
  • Doctorate of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
  • Residency, Anesthesia, Emory University School of Medicine
  • Fellowship, Pain Medicine, Medical College of Georgia
  • Board Certified, American Board of Anesthesiology - Pain Medicine
he Opiate Epidemic - Free Access Article Collection

The Opiate Epidemic - Free Access Article Collection

Taylor & Francis presents a FREE ACCESS article collection centered on the growing epidemic of opiate use. The abuse of prescription and non-prescription opioids is rampant across the globe. This collection aims to highlight various issues within the subject of opiate abuse, with articles focused on:

  • Opiate Abuse in Young People
  • Opiate Rehabilitation
  • Illegal vs. Legal Opiate Abuse
  • Dual Diagnosis: Opiate Abuse and Mental Health

This collection also looks at a special section by Substance Abuse entitled “From Education to Implementation: Addressing the Opioid Misuse Epidemic”.

Click Here to read the articles which are  free to read and download until May 31, 2017.